Do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 3; Psalm 95)

The Bible has many warnings not to harden your hearts because it is possible to harden your hearts through sin, unbelief, and disobedience.. The LORD says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did. For Continue reading Do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 3; Psalm 95)

Ministry of restoration (restoring a right relationship with God)

As Christians share the ministry of reconciliation to the world, they need to remember the ministry of restoration for each other. This is the amazing message that God has already done the work through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to restore the relationship between you and God. If any of your sins have separated you from Continue reading Ministry of restoration (restoring a right relationship with God)

What is predestined? (God’s plan or people’s actions)

What is predestined? God's plan or people's actions

The Bible clearly teaches predestination but there is a huge confusion about what is predestined. Let’s examine the passages that describe predestination and carefully determine what is predestined? Is it God’s plan or people’s actions? What is predestined: God’s plan or people’s actions? As we examine the 2 passages that describe predestination, we need to be careful to determine what Continue reading What is predestined? (God’s plan or people’s actions)

The difference between sin and sickness

Repentance or Judgment vs. Healing of Sickness

What is the Biblical difference between sin and sickness? And why does it matter? The difference determines how to care for hurting people. People who are hurting from sin need to repent and be forgiven. People who are hurting from sickness need to be treated so they can be healed. If we confuse those concepts and try to forgive sick Continue reading The difference between sin and sickness

But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2)

Throughout history God has called people to love him more than themselves. On this one will I look: humble, repentant, and trembles at my word. Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My Continue reading But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2)

2 Chronicles 16:9 the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him

This message from Hanani the seer to King Asa proves the Lord is strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. But, there is an often missed warning in the second half of the verse. I apologize that this post is too long, but you need to get the context to understand the promise and the Continue reading 2 Chronicles 16:9 the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him

Pray for president and all that are in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

We stand with Franklin Graham in a Special Day of Prayer for the President. The Bible explicitly tells us to pray for kings and all that are in authority, which includes presidents, governors, and even mayors. We believe our nation is at a crossroads, at a dangerous precipice. The only one who can fix our country’s problems is God Himself, Continue reading Pray for president and all that are in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Matthew 7:3 the mote in your friend’s eye

Jesus Christ taught shocking doctrines that destroyed the self-righteous pride and hypocritical judgment of the scribes and Pharisees. Here is one of those doctrines that made them hate him and plot to kill him. Before Christians try to judge the tiny mote of sin and failure in their friend’s eye, they must judge their own sins first. I am ashamed Continue reading Matthew 7:3 the mote in your friend’s eye

Romans 12:1-2 From conformed to transformed by presenting yourself to God

Romans 12:1-2 contains the fourth “therefore” in this letter (cf. Romans 3:20; 5:1; 8:1; 12:1). It is one of the many conditional promises in the Bible. If you obey this conditional promise, you will be transformed by the gospel. The Apostle Paul uses the word metamorphosis to describe this change. Almost every part of the Christian life depends on this Continue reading Romans 12:1-2 From conformed to transformed by presenting yourself to God

Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5)

The Mosaic Ten Commandment Law taught the Israelites to be good, honest, loving neighbors. But, Jesus Christ showed the ultimate meaning of the law when he taught we are to love our enemies. “‘He who strikes any man mortally shall surely be put to death. He who strikes an animal mortally shall make it good, life for life. If anyone Continue reading Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5)